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Bonfire Night celebrations result in increased risk for businesses

Bonfire Night is typically the most demanding night of the year for the police, the fire brigade and other agencies.

The damage which can be caused to property and business operations, as a consequence of the use of fireworks is a serious concern, posing a danger to all types of buildings, including commercial and industrial premises as well as residential.

As far as this relates to the business community, the risk posed by fireworks, whether this is the result of anti-social behaviour or just an accident caused by burning debris, can be significant.

Written by Paul Brown on 5th November 2014

Bonfire Night celebrations result in increased risk for businesses

Bonfire Night is typically the most demanding night of the year for the police, the fire brigade and other agencies.

The damage which can be caused to property and business operations, as a consequence of the use of fireworks is a serious concern, posing a danger to all types of buildings, including commercial and industrial premises as well as residential.

As far as this relates to the business community, the risk posed by fireworks, whether this is the result of anti-social behaviour or just an accident caused by burning debris, can be significant.

5 precautions to take 

 

Here's some basic precautions you can take to safeguard your business as best as possible this bonfire night:

Locked and secure
Ensure that all areas of the premises are made secure at the end of the working day and doors, windows, skylights and other possible means of entry through which fireworks could be introduced are properly closed and locked. 

Protect against anti-social behaviour
Consideration should be given, in all areas where the risk of anti-social behaviour is regarded as high, to protecting letter boxes internally with proprietary metal containers, designed to contain fires from lighted materials such as fireworks.

A number of such products are widely available, including those which incorporate an automatic fire extinguisher, offering enhanced protection.

Rubbish is cleared
Take special care to ensure that all yards and open areas nearby the premises are clear of accumulated rubbish and that waste bins are appropriately located at least 10 metres from buildings and secured.

Dangerous materials stored safely
Combustible materials stored in the open, including timber pallets and plastic crates, should be kept to a minimum and situated a suitable distance away from the buildings.
Flammable liquids and gases should also be confined to their designated storage facilities. 

Reduce outdoor risk
Cutting back and removing vegetation surrounding your buildings can also help to prevent the spread of a fire, particularly for business located in more rural areas.

 

Don't take risks

Bonfire Night should always be a celebration to enjoy. By implementing these 5 precautions in your business today, you can enjoy the night even more knowing your business is as safe as it possibly can be.

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